Is anyone doing work on some kind of header to allow senders to
indicate reply preferences (particularly for list mail)?
There appear to be a variety of implementations now recognising
Mail-Followup-To, unfortunately with various incompatible
interpretations of it.
Also, at least one implementation appears (depending on
configuration, or the version - i'm not sure) to consider a /lack/ of
an MFT to mean that the sender of an email being "list-reply"
deliberately did not insert an MFT and hence does not wish to be
included in a reply.
Other implementations treat MFT to be the exclusive address to
It's an absolute mess, one which (as one of the seemingly few people
who prefer to receive both list and 'direct' copies on list replies)
causes me a lot of pain, as I have no way to indicate my preference
in a reliable fashion and as many people now use MUAs which suppress
personal copies by default.
The IETF should, IMHO, work on clarifying the matter, be it:
- that MFT will never be standardised and implementations should
*not* interpret it
- Standardise the behaviour of Mail-Followup-To and/or Mail-Copies-To
Anyone have views on this? (In particular, could anyone give me a
potted history - this apparently comes up regularly, but nothing ever
seems to make it to standards track..)
Paul Jakma paul(_at_)clubi(_dot_)ie paul(_at_)jakma(_dot_)org
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